Windows and energy efficiency go together more than one might think. An efficient window allows sunlight in, keeps outside air out, and reflects UV rays. According to the US Department of Energy, switching to energy efficient windows can significantly reduce your carbon footprint and save you hundreds of dollars per year in utility costs. Here are four ways your windows affect your carbon footprint.
Energy Star Rating
Energy Star qualified windows are manufactured by an Energy Star Partner, undergo rigorous testing by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), and have ratings that meet energy efficiency guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency. Guidelines range for different climate zones across the country, so for Massachusetts the windows we install have a U-value of .27 and are filled with Argon to better prevent heat loss.
Most of the windows we install are double-paned, meaning there are two pieces of glass. These windows are energy star rated and do an excellent job at insulating while letting in natural sunlight. Another option is triple-paned windows, which are more energy efficient but also more pricey than double-paned windows. In addition to an extra pane, there is also an extra layer of gas insulation which further boosts the window’s energy efficiency. We believe the best value is a double-paned energy star window with a low-E thermal coating.
The New England climate creates an unideal situation for energy efficiency, and a lot of heat can be lost during the winter months due to poorly functioning windows. Per Energy Star guidelines, the windows we install are filled with Argon between the panes. Gas filling is a better insulator than regular air and helps minimize heat loss during the cold months. This results in less energy being used to heat your home which saves you money on your heating bill and reduces your carbon footprint.
Having your windows properly installed is paramount to making sure they are performing as intended. An improperly installed window can let in outside air and even moisture. This causes damage and increases the amount of energy needed to heat or cool your home. If your windows are getting old, you may experience similar issues so it is important to know when to get your windows replaced. At Fisher Windows, we give a lifetime warranty on workmanship and service to ensure your windows are functioning as efficiently as possible from the start and that you get the most usable life out of them. Click here to schedule a free consultation today.